Global Art & Artifacts

Silver Buddha Face and Body with Bird Wings / Other Features Statue, Tibet

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Detail:  Our Tibetan agent found this in a private home / estate sale.  This is an interesting representation.  On the one hand, it has many similarities of a common Tibetan Garuda.  Composition is a silver / nickel (nickel for strength and weight) composite, typical of many Tibet spiritual statues.  However, usually statues in this configuration have the face of a Garuda. .  a mythical creature believed to be a protector of homes, families and businesses.  On the other hand, this statue could be a representation of a Japanese celestial being called Karyobinga.  Karyobinga appear in many forms, often with a bird body and angelic head.  This statue reminds me of a temple (Chusonji Temple) carving from the 12th Century.  Many similarities  Note the serpents around the legs.

So, I have a very unique – and most likely, rare – statue and outstanding condition.  Circa mid – 1900’s or earlier.  It was in the family for over 50 years.

For the Serious Collector.

Sorry this item has been SOLD.  Thanks T.G.!


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